Before I write this review I take full responsibility for watching this film. It's my fault and I deserve what I got. I have always loved Stephen Dorff and he is like a bad drug I can't kick. With every release he makes his movies get worse and I KNOW this yet I keep giving them a try.
So I'm to blame for watching Carjacked. It's not even like I expect Stephen's movies to be good now. The last twenty have been terrible so I lost expectations back when he made Steal AKA Riders.
Sigh. What can I say about this movie? Okay, it's bad. Which I am sure we all know. It's not as bad as some of Stephen's movies but that's not a compliment seeing how awful some of his movies have been.
There are tons of problems with Carjacked. It's boring, it's predictable, it's slow, it's pathetic and I could go on forever.
Roy (Dorff) carjacks Lorraine (Maria Bella, who I liked before seeing her in this and now I will run from her movies from now on) and her son Chad at a gas station. They spend the first hour of the movie bonding like they are on an inspirational field trip. At one time I expected them to start singing Kumbaya. A movie like this is supposed to be a thriller but it's hard to be on edge when the main character is chatting it up with her kidnapper like they're in Hawaii.
Lorraine never tried to get away until almost the end of the film. The direction was horrible but the character development was shameful. That's what I absolutely could not forgive.
At the beginning, Roy acts like Lorraine's best friend. He even seems compassionate about her ex-husband and the life she's led. Roy even takes to Chad. I mean it's obvious that he cares. But after the first hour it's like the writers went, "Oh yeah, he's supposed to be a bad guy." So we get this huge switch concerning Roy just at the spur of the moment. One minute he's opening up to Lorraine about his background and the next he's stuffing her into the hood of a car and burning her alive. It didn't make any sense.
This is a bad, bad movie. I am going to vow not to watch another Stephen Dorff picture again and I suggest you do the same for your sanity if not anyone else's.
I keep hoping that things will get better but Dorff has gone down the drain of D-movie status and looks like there's no possible chance of rescuing him.
Sad. Sad. Sad.
In the famous words of Deacon Frost, "What a waste."